Raised in a Cajun household in New Orleans, Johnny Chaillot-Louganis (bottom right) and his seven siblings learned to stick together and watch out for each other. The family, pictured in 1970, suffered a profound loss when the matriarch of the family died weeks before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005. This is the story of how Chaillot-Louganis healed after the storm.
Jane Alice Bernard Chaillot (middle row, left, in dark shirt and glasses) at her eldest son's wedding in 1980. "My mother was a very popular individual. She didn't want to miss a party, a festival or a crab boil," said Johnny's sister Suzanne Chaillot Breaux.
Jane Alice Bernard Chaillot's body went missing during the storm and Chaillot-Louganis (top right) feared she was lost in a flooded morgue. All eight of her children rallied around their father, Emile Chaillot, whose health was failing at the time. He died in 2008.
Chaillot-Louganis was living in a Creole cottage right on the Mississippi River in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. The house survived when the levees broke because it sat on high ground.
No one was allowed in New Orleans for about a month after the storm, but special passes were given to businesses to transfer their equipment to temporary sites. This photo was taken on September 9, 2005, in front of Lafayette Square Park. The tree behind Chaillot-Louganis was splintered in the storm.
The law firm where Chaillot-Louganis worked was vandalized after the storm. He and co-worker Joe Cella boarded up the office to protect it from looting.
Jane Alice Bernard Chaillot's remains were returned the family on Mother's Day 2006, after eight grueling months of uncertainty. The family gathered to spread her ashes beneath her favorite oak trees.